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A Basic Introduction to Driving Record Points

stop-sign-1174658_1280 (1)Florida uses a points system to track the violations a driver may have committed. Should a driver receive too many of them, there is the possibility the driver may have their license suspended.

One thing to know about points is that they are not added to the driving record until the driver pays the ticket, which is otherwise an official admission that the driver was indeed guilty of the violation. Should a driver choose to fight the traffic ticket successfully, then no points will be added to the driving record and the ticket received will result in dismissal. However, if the dispute fails, a driver can likely expect to receive points following the completion of any sanctions.

The severity of a traffic violation is not universal when it comes to being added to a driving record. The point values of traffic tickets may vary from three to six points depending on how severe the offense was. Some minor infringements will only add three points, while more serious violations like those that cause injury to others may result in six points added to the license.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

The Importance of Sealing and Expunging Your Record

criminalRecordWhen an employer is debating between two equally skilled people for a position, the decision to choose one over the other may come down to factors such as criminal history. With so many people currently out of work and seeking new opportunities, there may be greater competition which reinforces the importance of sealing or expunging your record.

Let’s use a hypothetical scenario. A law firm is seeking someone to work as a paralegal. The firm receives a pair of applications, both from distinct candidates and both of them with sterling work experience and skills. One of the applicants was arrested for speeding or driving with a controlled substance. While the firm may be able to overlook this arrest, another employer may find a drug charge too risky.

The last you want is for your past to rear its head and derail your efforts at obtaining employment. Contact us today if you wish to learn more about your having your record potentially sealed and/or expunged.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Aggressive Driving Has Ramped Up

speedometer-653256_1920Driving should be kept to a minimum while quarantining and social distancing to protect against coronavirus. If you do go out, you’ve likely noticed that the roads have significantly less traffic than normal. The emptier roads mean that drivers have become more aggressive on the Florida roads.

According to a Click Orlando article, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) dealt with more than six crashes within a 24-hour period that resulted in a fatality. Furthermore, the article also talks about officers noticing drivers driving well beyond the speed limit. Drivers may be under the false assumption that because of quarantining and the various shutdowns, the laws are not being enforced as usual. This is clearly false.

Reckless drivers should be aware that FHP and local law enforcement agencies are still patrolling the roads and keeping an eye out for aggressive driving. Remember to limit your outings only to essentials such as going shopping for groceries or commuting to and from your job.

To read more, visit https://www.clickorlando.com/traffic/2020/04/13/as-aggressive-driving-sees-uptick-during-covid-19-pandemic-officials-will-crack-down/.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Are Drivers Required to Maintain a Minimum Speed?

speedingOn the Florida roadways, drivers that are moving slowly are expected to remain in the right lane to ensure better traffic flow. Realistically speaking, most drivers don’t follow this rule. So, what happens if a driver is moving well below the posted speed limit? Are they required to maintain a minimum speed?

The minimum speed limit is 50 mph while traveling in a posted 70 mph zone. On that note, a 65 mph zone would require doing a minimum speed of 40 mph. For drivers that decide not to travel the posted speed limit and prefer to drive at a slower pace, they should refrain from driving in the left lane so that faster drivers can move or pass easily.

It is against the law to impede traffic flow and it is possible to receive a traffic ticket for doing so. The minimum speed limits exist as a way to keep traffic flowing smoothly. A driver doing 70 who suddenly comes upon one that is doing 30 can result in a potentially fatal car crash.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Passing a School Bus May Soon Result in Greater Penalties

schoolBusThe next time a driver passes a school bus with its stop sign displayed, they may be in for a pricier surprise. The Florida Senate was unanimous in its approval of a bill that would up the penalties for first-time offenders. Should the driver commit the offense again within a five year period, they would face another fine and may also have their license suspended for at least a year or as much as a year.

When a school bus has its stop sign displayed, drivers traveling in both directions are required to stop and wait as children exit the bus. Drivers must continue waiting until the school bus has completely retracted the stop sign.

Last year, the Department of Education evaluated school bus drivers regarding the illegal passing of their buses. The survey of more than 10,000 drivers found that in just one day, there were over 12,700 illegal passes.

Now that the school bus bill has passed the Florida Senate, it will be evaluated by Governor Ron DeSantis.

To read more, visit https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/florida-bill-would-double-penalties-for-drivers-not-stopping-for-school-buses.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Officers Are Issuing Lots of Texting While Driving Citations

teen-girl-texting-while-drivingIt’s only been two months into 2020 and law enforcement officers have already written over 300 citations since Florida “upgraded” its texting while driving law into a primary offense. More than 100 drivers have been cited in four of South Florida’s counties in January alone.

The texting while driving law went into effect in July of last year. However, a six-month grace period of sorts was implemented to allow drivers time to acclimate and understand the new law. During this time, officers issued driver warnings versus citations. Before it became a primary offense, a driver had to be stopped for another reason like speeding before they could be issued a citation for texting while driving. Now, however, if an officer spots a driver texting while they are behind the wheel, they can be stopped regardless of whether or not they’re speeding.

Receiving a citation for texting while driving costs about $30 in addition to court fees. Should a driver be caught a second time, the cost increases to $60, the court gees, plus a trio of points on the driver’s license.

To read more, visit https://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/115-drivers-cited-for-texting-and-driving-in-4-south-florida-counties-for-1st-month-of-2020.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Driving Slow in the Left Lane

adult-automotive-blur-car-13861An effective way to quickly anger a South Florida driver is to drive behind a vehicle that is not keeping up with the flow of traffic. Drivers can become quite infuriated when they have to slam on the brakes when they’re traveling in the left lane because a driver is going too slow. Often this vehicle is traveling at the speed limit or below it, and will not move into the right lane even if the driver behind them politely flashes their lights to get them to move.

Florida Statute 316.081 states that slower vehicles are required to yield to those that are moving faster, but many drivers either fail to do so or are unaware of this. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, over 40,000 citations were issued between 2014 to 2019 due to drivers running afoul of the law.

Could permanent signs on the road stating “slower traffic keep right” help with reminding drivers what they’re supposed to do? You may have seen this message or something similar to it on the electronic signs found on the highways, but these messages are only temporary.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Florida Lawmakers Want to Reinvent License Suspensions

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According to a Tampa Bay Times article, over a million people in Florida have had their license suspended due to fines associated with things like being unable to pay for court fees. With areas such as South Florida practically demanding the use of a vehicle to get around within a reasonable time, it can make it harder for people that are looking to rebuild their lives after they’ve been released from prison, for example.

A pair of Florida lawmakers are now looking to cease the trend of suspending licenses for drivers unable to pay by spearheading HB 903. Should the bill pass, Florida would join a few other states like Kentucky that have done away with driver licenses suspension penalties. It’s important to note, however, that this doesn’t necessarily mean drivers are off the hook. Drivers would be able to set up a payment plan that would vary based on the driver’s income each month or a monthly $10.

To read more, visit https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2020/01/21/driving-while-poor-no-more-florida-lawmakers-consider-overhaul-of-license-suspensions/.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

Are There Exceptions to the Texting While Driving Law?

textDrive3Florida’s texting while driving law has been in full effect for over thirteen days now, allowing law enforcement officers to give drivers a citation if they are caught. However, there are a couple of what-if scenarios that may occur, which you should be aware of if you’re concerned about running afoul of the law.

Let’s take an amber alert or calling the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to report activity that may be suspicious. Both of these require the use of a phone and can be mistaken as texting while driving. Thankfully, one of the Florida statutes has information addressing these concerns, ensuring that reporting emergencies or suspicious activity are not prohibited. The statute also extends to safety-related messages such as emergencies, traffic, or weather. If you do intend to call FHP, however, it may be best to err on the side of caution and pull over to make the call, once it’s safe to do so.

There are additional exceptions such as using your wireless communication device to navigate somewhere or radio broadcast messages.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

New Year’s Parking in Miami Beach

oceanDr (3)With the New Year’s Eve festivities happening soon, many people may be heading to Miami Beach to welcome the arrival of 2020. However, parking is notoriously difficult in the barrier island. A bit of parking advice may make the process easier to manage without getting too stressed.

When parking in one of the South Beach garages, you should know that all of them allow the option of using one the parking apps to pay, in this case ParkMobile. For those preferring cash, none of them accept bills over $20. They each have a minimum daily rate of $2 and a daily maximum rate of $20. However, the garage on 42nd Street is slightly different in that its maximum daily rate is $8.

If you happen to own an electric vehicle, there are a few charging stations at five public garages in Miami Beach, four of which are in the South Beach area.

In finding a parking spot, you may wish to use the power of an app like Google Maps to help you so that you’re not stressing out and driving around aimlessly trying to hunt for open parking. Google Maps can show you lots that are near attractions.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.